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By Bat Digest | Last Updated November 17, 2022
The 2022 DeMarin CF is back with it’s huge barrel, light swing and more flexible connection. It hasn’t changed much from the 2021 version—it even still comes in a BBCOR, USSSA drop 10, 8 and 5 as well as the USA drop 10.
As always, our youth level USSSA and USA hitters love the smooth feel, big barrel and light swing of the drop 10 USA and USSSA bats. The drop 5 is still a monster and should dominate the space—even if DeMarini makes a more expensive ZOA in the same category. The BBCOR 2022 CF is a light swing, big barrel and flexible connection. Some bigger hitters might not like that flex as much, but smaller and new BBCOR players should like the familiar feel of the CF.
The two piece composite space is replete with legitimate options. The Rawlings Quatro, the Slugger Meta and Prime series, Marucci’s CAT 9 Composite, Easton’s Hype and ADV 360 lines as well as Axe’s Avenge are all two-piece composites with light swings and big barrels.
There are no changes between the 2022 and 2021 DeMarini CF. The USA, USSSA and BBCOR versions are all produced the same with a new paint job. Those looking for an “updgraded” CF should go to DeMarini’s ZOA.
The overall rating uses seven different weighted metrics to determine our overall score. Half of total rating comes from the player and our exit speed tests (Player Rating: 25%, Performance: 25%).The other categories are Relevance (20%), Demand (10%), Durability (10%), Resell Score (5%), and Tech Specs (5%).
*: When a bat is denoted by a star (*) it is a preliminary rating. Expect it to be updated as we learn more about the bat and gather more data.
(PlaRa) Player Rating: We measure player rating from user reviews. Those users include our own hitters that we test at the lab as well as reviews we find online.
(ExVe) Performance: Performance measures the exit speeds and distances we capture in our hitting lab with HitTrax using these bats.
(Relv) Relevance: We measure the number of sizes and the MOI of the bat. Bats with a wider range of options get a better score.
(Dmnd) Demand: Demand is measured by consumer sentiment and the buzz around the bat.
(Drb) Durability: A bat’s durability is measured by user reviews as well as feedback from manufacturers.
(ReSl) Resell Score: Based on the price the bats go for used. Higher prices mean greater user demand which means, generally, a better bat. A resell value closer to its original price means a higher score.
(Tech) Tech Specs: We rate the bat on its technological advancements from previous years and compared to the industry at large. This is our chance to reward companies who are trying to innovate.
MOI or Mass Moment of Inertia is a measurement of bat swing weight. This quantifies how difficult it is to swing a bat. The industry often refers to this as things like End Load or Balanced but those words have been overused to the point of meaninglessness. We measure the actual swing weights of each bat we test using the industry-standard pendulum period, balance point, and scale weight. You can read more about that here.
The price is the original MSRP price of the bat.
The types of bats are single-piece alloy (SPA), two-piece composite (TPC), single-piece composite (SPC), hybrid (Hyb.), and wood (Wood). Hybrid bats are made of composite handles and alloy barrles.
The estimated date the bat began distribution.